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Little Rock Rouge 2016

Deep purple in colour, this wine abounds in vibrant red fruit aromas reminiscent of crushed cranberries and raspberries. The palate is long and elegant with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate with fine, polished tannins.


variety : Merlot | 47% Merlot, 29% Cab Sauv, 20% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot
winemaker : Dustin Osborne
wine of origin : Franschhoek
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 3.62 g/l  pH : 3.62  ta : 5.78 g/l  va : 0.48 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : 0  

Good reserves were accumulated during the post-harvest period (April and May), after which leaf fall occurred mostly at the right time. The winter started off late but the weather conditions were cold enough to break dormancy. Due to lower rainfalls, the dam and soil water levels were not sufficiently filled up to prepare the vineyards for the warmer part of the season. Spring came on time and the weather conditions were ideal which led to good, even bud burst. There were heat waves as early as the end of October with extended heat conditions throughout the summer and a second heat wave during January, which affected the vineyards and berries adversely. Harvest started a week earlier due to the warmer weather and it ended about two weeks earlier. However, the temperatures started cooling off from mid-February, which led to sluggish ripening in some cases, which was advantageous for colour establishment in some of our reds. One advantage of the dry season was that grape disease and pests were limited for the 2016 season.

in the vineyard : Each of the cultivars in the blend was vinified separately with blending occurring after partial barrel ageing. Fermentation at 26 degrees Celsius with gradual tannin extraction resulted in a soft tannin profile. The blend consists of 47% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 4% Petit Verdot.
Product: Little Rock Rouge 
Vine age: 13-22 years 
Vines per Ha: 4,000 
Altitude: 200-450m
 Malolactic: 100% Fermentation: Stainless Steel 
Bottled: 27th October 2017

about the harvest: Harvest Method: Hand
Harvested: 3rd-15th March 2016

in the cellar : Each of the cultivars in the blend was vinified separately with blending occurring after partial barrel ageing. Fermentation at 26 degrees Celsius with gradual tannin extraction resulted in a soft tannin profile.

Malolactic: 100%
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Bottled: 4th December 2015
Production: 10,000 bottles

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